“Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10).
From a human perspective, we see the life of Moses in terms of unfinished business. We think “how sad to be so close and, yet, so far; forty years of his life given to the pursuit of the Land of Promise and to be allowed only to gaze upon it without the opportunity to enter in.” For those who measure success on the basis of goals made and achievements accomplished, his life is viewed as a tragic failure.
In contrast, God’s measure of a successful life isn’t the goals reached but faithfulness to the task; faithfulness to his calling, his word, his will. By that standard Moses was deemed a success. When our end comes there will still remain things unfinished. Even so, we remain faithful to the task.